A WHALING TRILOGY Whaling is My Trade, Thoughts of a Whalers Wife & Whale Soliloquy Featuring guest vocal soloists Jon Joyce (Whaler), Susan Boyd Joyce (Whaler's Wife) & James Durst (Whale & guitar) For centuries our greatest classical composers have borrowed liberally from the melodies, themes and motifs of the folk tradition. These three interwoven songs offer a Rashomon-like view of whaling -- through the eyes of the three respective protagonists. A WHALING TRILOGY distills into twelve minutes the epic struggles of three disparate yet interdependent characters. Their plaintive perspectives have been orchestrated by Kim Scharnberg, whose work is heard regularly with the Atlanta Symphony, the Boston Pops and on Broadway and network television. The orchestra parts were skillfully realized digitally by arranger Bill Smith, who also oversaw the recording of the 32 singers in our Whaling Chorus. This recording was created as a demo of the piece for consideration by conductors and symphony programmers. A complete conductor's score is available upon request. "I can't think of too many folk cantatas. There's Earl Robinson's 'Ballad for Americans', Millard Lampell's 'Lonesome Train,' Robert DeCormier's 'They Called Her Moses.' James Durst has contributed an impressive new work to this highly limited folk repertoire for solo voices, chorus and orchestra. Starting with the song of a whaler, the piece swerves into his wife's touching lament for the man long missing at sea, then proceeds to the musings of a whale, who bemoans the unreasoned enmity of man, and wonders--as do we all--if they, and we can survive." --Robert Sherman, 'Woody's Children,' WFUV-FM, New York 'Just finished listening to A Whaling Trilogy. It is your best work yet! Congratulations. My wife also enjoyed it. Moby Dick is one of my favorite novels and I spent a few years at sea. So I related to the 'feel' of the ocean you captured in the music and the fates being lived out by the whale and the whalers on the sea. My wife related to the wife's tale of separation. The way you wove three tales into one coherent story was awesome.' --Joe Cromwell, NY 'A grand piece.' --Geoff Kaufman, folksinger/songwriter, Mystic Seaport CT 'I had the extreme pleasure of listening to both the Whaling Trilogy and Hue Manatee's Quest. Both are works larger than life and it is amazing that a humble folk singer had the vision to see such majestic projects. I am proud to say that I know you.' --Larry 'Folkster' Rosenfeld, Karmiel Folk Klub, Shorashim, Israel James composed 'Thoughts of a Whaler's Wife' in 1969, 'Whale Soliloquy' in 1972 and 'Whaling is My Trade' in 1973, subsequently interweaving the three into this epic work. He finally got around to recording it solo for his 2006 CD, 'Internationally Unknown,' accompanied only by his guitar and Ritt Henn's sterling upright bass playing. In 2007, he commissioned Kim to create the orchestration, and spent the ensuing time realizing the auditory experience of the work. The premiere live performance of the symphonic work is the next undertaking.
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